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The original idea for The Anti Group (T.A.G.) a.k.a. The Anti Group Communications (T.A.G.C.) was devised by Adi Newton and Steven James Turner as early as 1978, with the intention of the formation of a multi-dimensional research & development project active in many related areas. Research and development of Sound / Film / Video / Performance and the documentation of each project was the fundamental "Modus Operandi". Underlining this basic idea lays the deeper philosophical and theoretical.

The first non theoretical action devised by TAG was the film "The Delivery", a 16mm triptych projection and soundtrack, and the Anti theatre performance "The Discussion" designed for five tape recorders and multi-video projection systems. These two works were first presented at the "De Doelen" center in Rotterdam on Saturday, September 22nd, 1985. "The Delivery" has been exhibited at the "2nd Atonal Festival" in "The Ballhaus Tiergarten" Berlin, Feb 18th 1985 where the soundtrack was recorded on a mobile 24 track system. This document was released as "The Anti Group - The Delivery" on Atonal Records.

After these initial performances TAG concentrated on Audio development. it was during this period 1985 to 1987 that the above recordings were realized along with the highly acclaimed Ambisonic Album "The Anti Group - Digitaria" which is a Technological and Ethnological work based on the ideas of the Sabean cults of ancient Khem and the Dogon tribe of Mali. Having worked through these areas, it became the next logical step to move into the application of Psychophysics developing the use of frequencies and Psychoacoustics with computer aided technology. Performance of these ideas took place at the 3rd Atonal Festival at "Alte TU-Mensa, Berlin" on December 13th, 1986 and "SO 36" Berlin on Feb 14th 1987 and at the "Museum of Contemporary Art" Prato, Italy on Sept 23rd 1988.

It was at this time also that TAG displayed their first Meontological visual experiment "Burning Water". The recordings utilized in these performances were released as part of a series of recordings entitled Meontological Research Recordings 1 + 2. "Burning Water" has been finalized for release in CD/Video formats. TAG performances were held at the Electro-Acoustic Music Academy Stockholm, August, 23rd 1990 and at the ARS Electronica symposium on Virtual Reality held in Linz, Austria on September 8th, 1990. In preparation are Meontological Research Recordings 3 + 4. Recording 3 explores the central ideas expressed in the Coulier Noire and recording 4 centers around the current research project into the development of methods and techniques to aid expanded consciousness in collaboration with R.E.S.T., SpaceTimeTanks and Relaxation Center Chicago, America.

The Anti Group have recently started to return to the Arena after a number of years researching and experimenting with different medias and theoretical concepts, currently working on a number of new releases, and have recently contributed an abridged research document and sound piece for the 3rd issue of Antibothis Magazine.

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Members:Adi Newton, Ant Bennett, Barry R. Harden, D. Nicholson, Darrel D'Silva, David Heppenstall, Jane Radion Newton, Justin Bennett, M. Banks, Mark Holmes (4), Mykel Boyd, P.H. Barke, Paul Browse, Robert Baker, Robert Gordon, Shara Vasilenko
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